Earn a Master’s Degree from SCI

There has never been a better time to earn a degree in the exciting field of computing and information. Data is all around us and used in nearly every facet of society. Now more than ever, there is a need for professionals who can collect, manage, and understand this data as well as develop the tools that empower society to harness it. Scroll down to learn more about how a degree from SCI can help you!

As part of the Pitt2Pitt program, we are encouraging students to gain critical skills in the fields of computing and information to excel in their careers.

In state students will receive a $2,500 scholarship and out-of-state students will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Learn more about the Pitt2Pitt program.


Information Sessions

Meet with faculty and staff from SCI to learn more about the School, our degree programs, and how a Master’s degree from SCI can help you make an impact in any field!  Our next session is on Tuesday, February 2, from 4-6 p.m.  Learn more and RSVP.

RSVP required for all information sessions.

Admissions Criteria and Application Process

The following information pertains to the admissions requirements required for guaranteed admission to each program:

Program Pitt Seniors Major Minimum GPA Accepting Pitt Alumni?
Master of Library and Information Science All Majors 3.0 Yes, accepting those who graduated up to 5 years ago.
Master of Science in Computer Science CS and Computer Engineering Majors 3.5 Yes, accepting those who graduated up to 3 years ago.
Master of Science in Information Science STEM and Economics Majors 3.0 Yes, accepting those who graduated up to 3 years ago.
Master of Science in Telecommunications STEM and Economics Majors 3.0 Yes, accepting those who graduated up to 3 years ago.

Applications for Spring 2021 are now closed.  However, we are now accepting applications for Fall 2021. When applying, click the button below and select “Pitt2Pitt” as your application type after creating/signing into your account.

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Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

The 36-credit Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree program in the School of Computing and Information is situated at the nexus of human-centered and ethical issues in computing, technology, and information. Our MLIS degree, which can be completed either in person or online, will prepare you to collaborate with colleagues to manage data, information, technology, and resources in a wide range of institutions and to lead in serving the information needs of people, organizations, and communities.  Our students represent an eclectic mix of humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and science and technology undergraduate majors who are pivoting to a new career.  Along with academic diversity, our student body combines a range of genders, races, ages, geographic locales, and life experiences.

With a 120-year legacy of educating leaders in the information professions, our MLIS program is accredited nationally by the American Library Association and is consistently recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top-ten Library and Information Science programs in the United States.

Tailor Your Degree to Your Interests
  • Academic Libraries and Information Services
  • Applied Data-Driven Methods
  • Archives and Information Science
  • Children and Youth Services
  • Civic Engagement
  • Individualized
  • Public Library Services
  • School Library Certification Program
The Impact of an MLIS Degree

Graduates of our MLIS program have found impactful careers  in a variety of for profit and not-for-profit organizations as:

  • Business Liaison Librarian
  • Consulting Archivist
  • Crime Analyst
  • Data Specialist Librarian
  • Digital Humanities Specialist
  • Digital Strategy Consultant
  • Health Sciences Information Specialist
  • Manager, Government & Regulatory Affairs
  • Reference Librarian
  • Youth Services Librarian

Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS)

The 36-credit Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) degree program will provide you with more than just technical expertise; you’ll learn how to connect people with technologies that can enhance lives, businesses, and society. Our MSIS program provides a strong foundation in human information processing, security and privacy, databases, algorithms, and networks. The program offers courses in key areas such as interactive system design, social computing, data mining, Web technologies, machine learning, security management and computer forensics, network and wireless technologies, and cloud computing.

Choose from a Variety of Specializations

In addition to the general Information Science degree, we also offer students the following specializations for students with solid relevant foundations:

  • Big Data Analytics
  • Database and Web Systems
  • Geoinformatics
  • Human Centered Computing
  • Security Assured Information Systems
  • Telecommunications and Distributed Systems
Seeking Students from All STEM Backgrounds
We actively seek out students from STEM backgrounds, and the Department is skilled at facilitating a quick, but thorough grounding in the required programming and mathematical aspects. If you do not have extensive programming experience or a working knowledge of discrete math/calculus, don’t worry. We have coursework and support services to bring your skills and knowledge in those areas up to the level which ensures success in our programs. You may have to take an extra class or two as needed to complete your degree.
Make an Impact in Your Chosen Field

Our graduates have found fulfilling careers at organizations such as:

  • Allegheny Health Network
  • Amazon
  • Ancestry.com
  • Automated Health Systems
  • Bayer Healthcare
  • ThermoFisher Scientific
  • United Steelworkers
  • UPMC

Master of Science in Telecommunications (MST)

Be prepared to respond to these rapid changes in technology that are influencing the communications networks with our 37-credit Master of Science in Telecommunications (MST) degree program. The MST program produces professionals who will design, build, and manage networks which must consider how people and businesses will use those networks. Coursework covers the design and performance of communication networks (including wireless), elements of network science and analysis, and network security.

Make a Lasting Impact

MST graduates are making an impact at the following organizations:

  • Allegheny Health Network
  • China Telecom Americas
  • Discovery Robotics
  • East West Bank
  • Facebook
  • Hitachi Rail STS
  • Juniper Networks
  • ThermoFisher Scientific
  • United Steelworkers
  • UPMC